Here’s the wackiest, local, post-election number you’ll likely hear: 9,204 San Franciscans just voted for Donald Trump.
You read that right. In this month’s June 7 primary, thousands of San Franciscans — in a city famous for gay rights, for diversity, for its liberal ethos — marked their ballot for a Republican so extreme he makes other Republicans seem like flower children by comparison.
So just who are these Trump-Franciscans? The San Francisco Department of Elections posts precinct voting data, so we can actually see where they voted.
Now that the tally of votes is nearly complete (only 1,500 outstanding as of Monday), we decided to take a look at San Francisco’s resident elephants.
Thankfully, Jim Stearns, a local political consultant known for working on progressive Democratic campaigns, created a handy map of these votes for On Guard.
It’s probably no surprise the heaviest Trump-voting neighborhoods are The City’s richest: West of Twin Peaks, the Marina, Pacific Heights, Sea Cliff, Merced Manor, St. Francis Wood, a tiny section of the Sunset District and the Financial District.
If I lived in any of those districts, I certainly wouldn’t admit it right now. Yikes.
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It seems San Francisco government forgetting its LGBT Latino community is becoming a trend. At least, that’s according to Supervisor David Campos.
The Latino, openly gay supervisor wrote a fiery email to Mayor Ed Lee staffer Francis Tsang on Monday. Tsang, who sends out the mayor’s daily schedule, sent an advisory that Mayor Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener would host a discussion with Pride Parade and city officials to discuss safety.
This is especially important considering the fatal mass shooting of 49 people in Orlando, Fla. Devastatingly, those who were killed were mostly of the LGBT Latinx community.
In his email to the Mayor’s Office, Campos wrote, “Interesting that even though the Orlando incident disproportionately impacted the LGBT LATINO Community, the mayor did not even bother to invite me, the only LGBT Latino member of the Board. Does the mayor care about the safety concerns of the LGBT Community?”
The Mayor’s Press Office didn’t take that critique lying down.
In a statement to On Guard, the mayor’s new spokesperson, Deirdre Hussey, wrote, “Since the tragic events in Orlando, the mayor, Pride organizers, SFPD and all city public safety agencies have been focused on a safe and successful Pride celebration. This not about Supervisor Campos, it is about a safe and successful Pride celebration.”
Others added, on background, that one of Campos’ aides was late to a meeting on Pride safety just last week.
To that accusation, Campos’ contends his office wasn’t invited to that meeting either.
Snark aside, the Mayor’s Office provided no comment on exactly who from the LGBT Latinx community would be at the safety event, if any would be there at all.
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The (not so) sleepy race for the little-known Democratic County Central Committee may also be a crystal ball into other (weightier) races.
Many candidates for supervisor this November also ran for DCCC, and Stearns broke down the vote for those DCCC candidates into the districts they’re running for supervisor in.
In other words, it’s an early look at supervisor votes — and it ain’t pretty for the “moderates.”
Joshua Arce is running for supervisor of District 9, for instance, which includes the Mission and Bernal Heights. He ranked 23 in the DCCC race.
He got creamed.
“He didn’t do any better in the district in which he is running for Supervisor,” Stearns wrote in an email. “He ‘won’ (that is, came in 14th or better) in only 6 precincts out of 49.”
As a side note, Stearns added, “Arce’s campaign often takes aim at changing the supposedly unpopular policies and performance of Supervisor David Campos. Campos won every single precinct in District 9, coming in as the top vote getter in 40 percent of them.”
Asked if his poor showing will cause him to pivot his campaign strategy, Arce told On Guard, “We’re confident about November because the voters clearly want change, and our opponent is the status quo.”
In fairness, Hillary Ronen, Arce’s biggest opponent in District 9, didn’t run for DCCC. Ipso facto, we don’t have numbers to compare to his race.
However, two supervisor candidates did go head to head for DCCC: Sandra Fewer and Marjan Philhour. Both are running for supervisor of District 1 this November. (That’s mostly the Richmond District).
Fewer netted 19,126 votes to Philhour’s 13,649. Philhour spent big bucks, and Fewer hardly spent a dime.
And in District 1, Fewer beat Philhour in 44 out of 47 precincts. It was hardly a contest.
“This race went a certain way,” Philhour said, noting she’s a first time candidate up against someone — Fewer — who has run for office before. That carries hefty name recognition.
“I’ve looked at every race as something that needs to be earned, and something you’ve got to work hard for,” she said.
But Fewer hardly revved her campaign for DCCC, which certainly won’t be the case for her supervisor race.
That leaves one question for Philhour: What happens when Fewer starts working hard, too?